Pinus thunbergii 'Okinakabu'

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Pinus thunbergii 'Okinakabu'

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  A long time coming but definitely worth the wait! My old bonsai buddy Mr. Matsubara told me quite a while ago that if I wanted to grow and offer a nice looking rough-barked Okinakabu for sale it would be a lengthy endeavor. Sixteen years have passed since I styled a twenty-year old Okinakabu for an old customer of mine. It was in the winter so I grafted a few choice one-year old trimmings and got started on the journey. Here it is 2018 already and yes I can finally see the fruit of my labor this past decade and a half. The top photo displays my twelve-year old original 'O', untouched and content growing in a forty-five gallon container. It stands about seven feet tall with good branching and healthy four inch needles. It coned last year for the very first time which is a good sign. The bottom photo taken recently displays the sixteen year old section of 'Okinakabu' which originally was the scion I inserted into the understock. I am impressed with the quality and configuration of the bark I see here so far... It appears that the 'O' rough-bark cells are infiltrating the rootcrown of the black pine understock! In ten years (HxW): 7' x 4'. Full sun.  Zone 5
 

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